The man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and his pregnant ex-girlfriend will be back in court Monday – with a new person prosecuting the case.
Last week, State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, charged in the January death of Sergeant Debra Clayton, who was attempting to stop Loyd after he allegedly killed Sade Dixon.
Governor Rick Scott took the case away from Ayala after she refused to step down from it, handing the case over to Brad King – who serves as the state attorney for a neighboring area.
Ayala made the assertion Monday in a legal motion that asks a judge to allow her to present that argument in court, saying Florida Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his authority when he pulled her off a case The motion claims that allowing the governor to interfere could undermine Florida's judicial system.
A spokeswoman for the governor didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday. King told NBC affiliate WESH-TV that he hasn’t decided whether or not he would pursue the death penalty.
Loyd is schedule to go to trial on May 1st in the death of Dixon and June 19th for the death of Clayton.